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Fundamentals of Virology Course


Fundamentals of Virology
Fundamentals of Virology

Learn more about viruses and their effect on human health.


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Course Description

A virus is a small infectious particle which can only replicate inside the cells of a living organism. Most viruses are harmless to humans, some are infectious and make us ill for a short period of time such as the flu virus, but some are highly infectious and can be deadly such as the Ebola virus. The study of viruses is called virology and is a very important scientific discipline. In this free online virology course you will be introduced to the fundamentals of virology. You will learn the basics of what a virus is and how it attaches to and replicates within cells. You will study the infectious cycle of a virus and how it uses the DNA replication processes within a cell to multiply rapidly. This free online virology course will be of interest to all healthcare professionals who would like to learn more about viruses and how they affect human health, and to any lay person wishing to dispel the myths surrounding viruses.

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Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes: - Understanding the real truth with Viruses, how they exist and survive; - Examine the structure of commonly found viruses and how they replicate; - Learn all about how viruses live around us every day and what viruses cause illness in humans.


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Course Rating (By Learners): 4 stars based on 76 reviews
Course Title: Fundamentals of Virology
Course #: 527
Course Publisher: Columbia
Course Category: 13
Content Origin:
Course Description: A virus is a small infectious particle which can only replicate inside the cells of a living organism. Most viruses are harmless to humans, some are infectious and make us ill for a short period of time such as the flu virus, but some are highly infectious and can be deadly such as the Ebola virus. The study of viruses is called virology and is a very important scientific discipline. In this free online virology course you will be introduced to the fundamentals of virology. You will learn the basics of what a virus is and how it attaches to and replicates within cells. You will study the infectious cycle of a virus and how it uses the DNA replication processes within a cell to multiply rapidly. This free online virology course will be of interest to all healthcare professionals who would like to learn more about viruses and how they affect human health, and to any lay person wishing to dispel the myths surrounding viruses.
License: This course is available from Columbia OpenCourseWare through the following Creative Commons licence:
Creative Commons License
Release Date: 04 October 2012
Content  
Course Duration (Avg Learner): 3-4 Hours
Video/Audio: High
Audio Only: High
Animation: None
Assessments: Yes
Education Level
Age appropriateness: 18+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level: Post-Secondary
Validation: Level 5
ALISON Testing: Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download: Yes
Parchment: Yes
Framed Certification: Yes

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  • Muhammed Mkamanga
    Muhammed Mkamanga Malawi Its an indepth course with very relevant information in the discipline of virology 2015-08-07 15:08:13
  • Reinaldo González-Suárez
    Reinaldo González-Suárez Puerto Rico Excellent and interesting class of the world of viruses. I learned a lot of information. 2015-06-20 08:06:56
  • Daenuka Muraleetharan
    Daenuka Muraleetharan United States of America This was a very thorough class. A possible (if feasible) improvement would be to make the presentations available for download! 2015-05-29 02:05:28
  • Cameron Winn
    Cameron Winn United States of America GREAT! Any learning is good, and for you to get this amount of detailed information for free is amazing! 2015-05-29 01:05:43
  • Diana Ziegler
    Diana Ziegler United States of America This was an easy to follow overview of virology 2015-03-11 13:03:50
  • Diana Ziegler
    Diana Ziegler United States of America This course was presented an easy to follow overview of virology. 2015-03-11 01:03:52
  • Marie Ruth Roman
    Marie Ruth Roman Philippines It aims to provide specialists with a unique and educational platform to keep up to date with the expanding volume of information in the field of virology. These kind of course must learned by every individual to be more aware of viruses. 2015-02-11 09:02:51
  • Christopher Crayton
    Christopher Crayton United States of America Great Course. I learned a great deal of information from this course. Thank you 2015-01-14 22:01:58
  • Syed Mujahid Hussain Shah
    Syed Mujahid Hussain Shah Pakistan It is a good course. 2015-01-01 18:01:20
  • Seshu Choudary
    Seshu Choudary United Kingdom Very good course but cumbersome for general practitioners to absorb so much elaborate and detailed knowledge. But anyway i enjoyed it. 2014-12-29 04:12:44
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